2 States Movie Review
Release date: 18th April 2014
Duration: 149 min
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Abhishek Varman’s 2 States, is adapted from an autobiographical novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat.
The film tells the story of a culturally different couple, Ananya Swamiathan (Alia Bhatt) and Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor). Krish, a Punjabi Indian from Delhi and Ananya, a Tamil Brahmin from Chennai. They meet at graduate school in Ahmedabad and fall in love. The audience then follows their light and frothy arc of their romance through the first half of the movie. The happy settings change radically when the love birds decide to tie the knot and look to win the approval of their parents.
With this begins the melodrama between families from the North and the South: cultural clashes, norm differences, preconceptions, anger-management issues, and clichéd approaches toward one another. It becomes a real mess, but in a humorous vein. The meet-the-parents essence of the film is what it’s all about.
The treatment of the screen play is fresh and natural and the novelistic approach and pace of the plot keep the movie moving at a rapid clip. Of the two main characters, Krish is a bit broody and Ananya spunky, but these differences are seen to be overcome by their warm sense of companionship.
‘2 States’ is an effort to move away from the Bollywood norm and these ambitions provide their own dynamics. But the struggle to win love and overcome prejudice to find a happy ending is nicely defined.
The movie is a must watch for those who dare think out of the box when it comes to love!!